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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Being Bielat

There he goes again. Being evasive about how he makes a living.

The last time we saw Sean Bielat, the man who talked a better game than he ran against Barney Frank, he was defending his decision to pay himself a salary from funds he raised during the 2010 campaign.

Bielat is back -- in a three-way race to be the Republican nominee against Joseph P. Kennedy III -- and he is just as slippery as ever in describing his livelihood. Or not describing it.

Bielat refuses to name the online start-up he runs - an interactive site that helps citizens directly contact any member of Congress about ­issues that concern them. He also refuses to name his financial backers.

Not the greatest example of transparency from a guy who showed a tendency to overstate and obfuscate during his last congressional run.

Republicans are having a hard time raising cash to take on Kennedy (for whom, in the interest of transparency, I have written a check). It will only get harder if the candidates like Bielat, who have already had some interesting uses for their donations, are secretive when it comes to finances.

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